Has the play of LaMelo Ball made Terry Rozier expendable for the Charlotte Hornets?
When the Charlotte Hornets signed Terry Rozier (via a sign-and-trade) to a three-year, $58 million deal a couple of offseasons ago, many were quick to question that decision. However, almost two seasons through that contract, it’s safe to say that the Hornets were right.
During his second season with the club, Rozier is averaging 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists on 48 percent shooting from the field and 43 percent shooting from 3-point range. He’s been the second-leading scorer for the Hornets this season and a big part of their sudden success through the first half of the regular season.
The Hornets are 20-18 and sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference at the moment. While the play of Rozier has been a huge part of Charlotte’s success, LaMelo Ball‘s rise during his rookie season has almost played an equally important role.
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LaMelo Ball’s rise has propelled the Charlotte Hornets
After somewhat of a rough start to the season, Ball has really come on during the months of February and March. On the season overall, Ball is averaging 16 points, six rebounds, and six assists per game on 45 percent shooting from the field and 38 percent shooting from 3-point range.
During his last 18 games, in which he has upped his level of play, Ball is averaging 20 points, six rebounds, and seven assists on 46 percent shooting from the field and 44 percent shooting from 3-point range. Over that span, the Hornets are 11-7.
At this point, the Hornets are playing at a playoff level in the East. Though, one three or four-game losing streak can put their playoff hopes in jeopardy. As the NBA Trade Deadline approaches, the Hornets have to decide whether they will entertain playing an active part in the festivities.
One player that is reportedly drawing interest is Terry Rozier, who has one year remaining on his contract with the team.
Though, you can’t help but wonder if Ball’s play has helped made Rozier become expendable? They start together but if the Hornets decide that they could use Rozier to help address some of their need in the frontcourt, it wouldn’t be surprising for the team to elect to move him in part due to how good Ball has looked during his rookie season.
LaMelo is only going to improve as a player and the sky is the limit for the 19-year-old guard.